Imagine A Day Without Water

Check out our Video Announcing the 2023 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winners!

Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or use to make food. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or brush your teeth. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires, pools would be closed, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. 

Imagine a Day without Water logo 2The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority held their 9th annual Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest. Each year, we ask youth to show us why we must value and save water in our community. This year’s art contest continued to allow for flexibility to ensure our entire community can participate in our contest and provide an opportunity for the youth in our community to learn and illustrate the importance of water.


The 2023 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest asked youth to consider this year’s theme to “Tell us Your Action to Save Water” in their artistic creations.

Of the 271 poster entries received from youth in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, one winner was chosen from each of five grade divisions. In addition, the top 75 entries were made available to the public for online viewing and voting of a favorite art entry. With 2,030 total online votes, a fan favorite was selected. All six winners will receive a $200 gift card and a water conservation goodie bag.  

The winners for the 2023 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest are:

  • K – 2nd Grade: Willa Chow, 1st Grade, Greenbrier Elementary School
  • 3rd – 4th Grade: Saya Cantor, 4th Grade, Mountaintop Montessori School
  • 5th – 6th Grade: Ava Canine, 6th Grade, Henley Middle School
  • 7th – 8th Grade: Helen Hernandez, 7th Grade, Village School
  • 9th – 12th Grade: Shoukufeh Alizada, 10th Grade, Charlottesville High School
  • Fan Favorite: Aaron Hu, 3rd Grade, Hollymead Elementary School

In addition, teachers were encouraged to promote student participation, and four teachers were selected to receive a $200 gift card to be used for classroom projects: Jeannette Stott (Monticello High School), Lynne Herman (Greenbrier Elementary School), Dana Snead (Henley Middle School), and Kim Taylor (Village School). 

We hope the community is inspired by these actions to save water each day

You can learn more about the Value of Water Coalition and the National Imagine a Day without Water Campaign on their website.

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K – 2nd Grade Winner: Willa Chow, 1st Grade, Greenbrier Elementary School

K-2nd 2023 IADWW Winner Willa Chow, 1st Gr, Greenbrier Elementary

3rd – 4th Grade Winner: Saya Cantor, 4th Grade, Mountaintop Montessori School

3rd-4th 2023 IADWW Winner Saya Cantor, 4th Gr, Mountaintop Montessori

5th – 6th Grade Winner: Ava Canine, 6th Grade, Henley Middle School

5th-6th 2023 IADWW Winner Ava Canine, 5th Gr, Henley Middle School

7th – 8th Grade Winner: Helen Hernandez, 7th Grade, Village School

7th-8th 2023 IADWW Winner Helen Hernandez, 7th Gr, Village School

9th – 12th Grade Winner: Shoukufeh Alizada, 10th Grade, Charlottesville High School

9th-12th 2023 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winner Shoukufeh Alizada, 10th Grade, CHS

Fan Favorite Winner: Aaron Hu, 3rd Grade, Hollymead Elementary School

Fan Fav 2023 IADWW Winner Aaron Hu, 3rd Gr, Hollymead Elementary

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2023 Theme: "Tell us Your Action to Save Water"

Important Dates:

Media Types Accepted:

  • Multiple submissions are allowed! Make sure you convey the contest theme: "Tell us Your Action to Save Water".
  • Entries must be the work of one individual youth, no collaborations. 
  • Any original 2-dimentional artwork or photography.
  • Artwork can be any size and made with any type of medium. 
    • Suggested sizes for drawings: 11" x 8.5" (horizontal)
    • Suggested sizes for photography: 4:3 ratio (horizonal) 

How to Submit your Media? 

Water Conservation
Department of Public Works
305 4th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Online Submission and Online Voting Website (Link)

Art Contest Flyer & Submission Form (PDF)

Art Contest Poster (PDF)


Contest Prizes

$200 Gift Card and Water Conservation Goodie Bags!

Youth Prizes

Teacher Prizes

Teachers that have their students participate with be eligible for prize. The more students that participate will increase the odds of the teacher winning!

  • Most classroom submissions
  • A random winner each from a CCS, ACPS, and a private school or organization

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